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City Council Minutes

March 10, 2015

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL
MEETING MINUTES
CITY HALL
March 10, 2015


Mayor Chris Keeney called the meeting to order at 6:00pm.
Present were Aldermen Richard McMullen, Bill Burnett, Dan Cross, Bob Fant and
Melissa Posinski. Also present were Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen, City Attorney
Danny Wright, Police Chief Vernon Sisemore, Fire Chief Matt Mills, Public Works
Director Gerry Russell and Building Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson.
Alderman Hunter Haynes was absent.
Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the February 10, 2015
council meeting. Richard McMullen made a motion to approve the minutes as written
and was seconded by Dan Cross. All approved.
Department Head Reports:
Police Chief Vernon Sisemore stated that 42 new cases were opened and 39 closed.
Chief Sisemore stated there was a head on accident with injury at Main Drive & Ball
Street last week. This is the first such accident in 10 years .
Fire Chief Matt Mills stated there were 18 calls for service, mostly EMS. Chief Mills
stated Tyson has purchased property on the south side of Johnson Mill Boulevard west
of the patio homes and has given the department permission to train there and burn
the old barn and house. Chief Mills stated there was some overtime used during the
winter weather.
Public Works Director Gerry Russell stated he attended a preconstruction meeting with
the Illinois Watershed folks for the rain garden and resting area to be built next to the
trail and some minor adjustments were made to the plan. Russell stated trail clean up is
scheduled for April 18. Russell stated his department sanded and plowed during the
recent snow storm. Russell stated he had received 3 bids for the purchase of a new
mower. The lowest bid came in from William's tractor, but Russell requested that the
council approve the middle bid of $12,116.40 from The Hardware Store for the
purchase of a Scag Turf Tiger with a water cooled engine. Bob Fant made a motion to
approve the purchase of the mower presented and Dan Cross seconded. All approved.
Dan Cross asked if there were still plans to build a gravel driveway to get to the trail.
Russell said yes, eventually, but in the meantime Walt Robinson was allowing access
across his property .

Building Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson stated there were 6 new building
permits and 7 mechanical permits issued. Wilson stated he attended a preconstruction
meeting with EDA and Bates and Associates and a class on the ARC Fault plugs and
breakers in Bella Vista.
Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated State Turn back has been received but
Property taxes and Sales taxes have not. Allen stated the City's 2014 Audit began last
month and is going well. Sarah Martin of the Arkansas Division of Legislative Audit is
working with us this year. Allen stated she has increased the amounts set aside for both
the engineering of 56th Street and the Central EMS contribution to $145,000.00 in
anticipation of those forthcoming bills. She will continue to set aside funds as cash flow
allows. Allen stated only 1 Statement of Financial Interest Form for 2014 is still
outstanding and asked that it please be turned in as soon as possible.
City Attorney Danny Wright stated that the right of way field work for vacation of the
streets has been done by Bates & Associates but there is a delay wit the legal
description and there will something actionable for the council next month.
Mayor Keeney stated that ESI brought up the cost analysis of 56th Street project and the
the ambulance authority is adding a new ambulance. Discussions are ongoing.
Mayor Keeney stated the charette held the first week of the month for property on
Johnson Mill Boulevard went well and paperwork is being prepared to present a P.U.D.
for Planning Commission and the Council.
Mayor Keeney stated the grand opening for the Razorback Greenway will be held on
May 2, 2015 with local events in the morning and the larger celebration in the
afternoon at Shiloh Park in Springdale.
Unfinished Business: none
New Business:
Mayor Keeney presented RESOLUTION 2015-04: A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING
EXECUTION OF A LEASE OF CITY PROPERTY AND BUILDING AT SW CORNER OF
WILKERSON AND MAIN DRIVE. Mayor Keeney stated he has come to an agreement with
the current tenants by Michael Schreiber and Terri Bitting who run the Bowenwork
Center for $700 per month for 36 months with an opt out with a full3 months notice
on either side. Bob Fant made a motion to approve Resolution 2015-04 and the new
lease and was seconded by Richard McMullen. All approved.
Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to pay the bills from the General Fund, Street Fund,
Act 988 Fund and Court Automation Fund that the council had reviewed. Dan Cross
made a motion to pay the bills and Bob Fant seconded. All approved.

Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to adjourn which was made by Bob Fant and
seconded by Dan Cross. All approved and the meeting was adjourned at 6:25pm.